Sunday, we went to my friend Dianna’s for lunch. She has been my friend since we were in grade school together. She also worked for the IRS and retired this year and lives in Phoenix.
Jim and Nickie
We also had tickets for the Arizona Balloon Classic. After a great lunch we headed over to the event area at Wild Horse Pass. When we got there, the gate people told us nothing was going on that afternoon and we should probably go home and come back about 5:30. We went back to Dianna’s and Jim got to watch the Nationwide NASCAR race. He was happy. At 5:30 we headed back to the event and this is where we ended up.
They must have told everyone to come back at 5:30. Took us awhile to get to the parking lot and by that time they were making us park clear up by the casino. I explained Jim’s bad back and the fact that he has so much trouble walking, so they allowed us to park in handicapped. Worked out just perfectly.
This was the first year of this event and they definitely need to make a lot of changes before next years. They were not prepared for the number of people who showed up. There were not enough food vendors and those that were there ran out of food with people still standing in line. It took over an hour of standing in line to get anything to eat. They had very few balloons there that night because they hadn’t made plans for getting the balloons back through all the traffic. They set the fireworks off 20 minutes early and deflated the balloons that were there. Lots and lots of problems.
One thing that did turn out really good was the Arizona Sky Hawks Precision Parachute Jump.
We had a good time. Not sure we’ll go again for a couple of years until they have a chance to work through the kinks.
Beautiful sunset though.